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Pale Rider -- A mysterious preacher protects a humble prospector village from a greedy mining company trying to encroach on their land.

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Director:
Writers:
Michael Butler (written by) &
Dennis Shryack (written by)
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Release Date:
28 June 1985 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Hell comes home See more »
Plot:
A mysterious preacher protects a humble prospector village from a greedy mining company trying to encroach on their land. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
2 wins & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Definitely the greatest western of the 80's See more (128 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Clint Eastwood ... Preacher

Michael Moriarty ... Hull Barret

Carrie Snodgress ... Sarah Wheeler

Chris Penn ... Josh LaHood (as Christopher Penn)

Richard Dysart ... Coy LaHood

Sydney Penny ... Megan Wheeler

Richard Kiel ... Club

Doug McGrath ... Spider Conway

John Russell ... Stockburn
Charles Hallahan ... McGill
Marvin J. McIntyre ... Jagou

Fran Ryan ... Ma Blankenship
Richard Hamilton ... Jed Blankenship
Graham Paul ... Ev Gossage
Chuck Lafont ... Eddie Conway (as Chuck LaFont)

Jeffrey Weissman ... Teddy Conway
Allen Keller ... Tyson

Randy Oglesby ... Elam (as Tom Oglesby)

Herman Poppe ... Ulrik Lindquist
Kathleen Wygle ... Bess Gossage

Terrence Evans ... Jake Henderson
Jim Hitson ... Biggs
Loren Adkins ... Bossy
Thomas H. Friedkin ... Miner Tom (as Tom Friedkin)

S.A. Griffin ... Deputy Folke
Jack Radosta ... Deputy Grissom
Robert Winley ... Deputy Kobold

Billy Drago ... Deputy Mather
Jeffrey Josephson ... Deputy Sedge

John Dennis Johnston ... Deputy Tucker

Michael Adams ... Horseman (as Mike Adams)

Clay M. Lilley ... Horseman (as Clay Lilley)

Gene Hartline ... Horseman

R.L. Tolbert ... Horseman
Clifford Happy ... Horseman (as Cliff Happy)
Ross Loney ... Horseman
Larry Randles ... Horseman
Mike H. McGaughy ... Horseman (as Mike McGaughy)
Jerry Gatlin ... Horseman (as Gerry Gatlin)
Lloyd Nelson ... Bank Teller
Jay K. Fishburn ... Telegrapher
George Orrison ... Stationmaster Whitey
Milton Murrill ... Porter
Mike Munsey ... Dentist / Barber
Keith Dillin ... Blacksmith
Buddy Van Horn ... Stage Driver (as Wayne Van Horn)
Fritz Manes ... Stage Rider
Glenn Wright ... Stage Rider

Directed by
Clint Eastwood 
 
Writing credits
Michael Butler (written by) &
Dennis Shryack (written by)

Produced by
Clint Eastwood .... producer
Fritz Manes .... executive producer
David Valdes .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Lennie Niehaus 
 
Cinematography by
Bruce Surtees (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Joel Cox 
 
Production Design by
Edward C. Carfagno  (as Edward Carfagno)
 
Set Decoration by
Ernie Bishop 
 
Makeup Department
Kathryn Blondell .... hair stylist
Barbara Guedel .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Fritz Manes .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Matt Earl Beesley .... second assistant director
L. Dean Jones Jr. .... second assistant director
David Valdes .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Edward Aiona .... property master (as Eddie Aiona)
Airick Kredell .... lead man
Bob Lawless .... stand-by painter
Michael Muscarella .... construction coordinator
Robert E. Sessa .... set designer (as Bob Sessa)
Jay Newington .... set dresser: Sonora (uncredited)
Scott Nifong .... props (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Rick Alexander .... sound re-recording mixer (as Dick Alexander)
Donald L. Bolger .... cable man
Les Fresholtz .... sound re-recording mixer
Robert G. Henderson .... supervising sound effects editor (as Bob Henderson)
C. Darin Knight .... sound mixer
Alan Robert Murray .... supervising sound effects editor
Vern Poore .... sound re-recording mixer
Jules Strasser .... boom man
Brooke Henderson Ward .... assistant sound editor (as Brooke Henderson)
 
Special Effects by
Chuck Gaspar .... special effects
Jeffrey A. Wischnack .... special effects technician (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Kerrie Cullen .... stunts
Tom Ellison .... stunts
Bob Herron .... stunts
Leroy Hershkowitz .... stunts
Walt La Rue .... stunts
Buddy Van Horn .... stunt coordinator (as Wayne Van Horn)
James Winburn .... stunts (as Jim Winburn)
Diamond Farnsworth .... stunts (uncredited)
Gene Hartline .... stunts (uncredited)
George Orrison .... stunt double: Clint Eastwood (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ed Ayer .... best boy
Kirk Bales .... dolly grip (as Kirk E. Bales)
Brad Edmiston .... camera assistant
Buzz Feitshans IV .... camera assistant
Jack N. Green .... camera operator (as Jack Green)
Leo J. Napolitano .... additional camera operator (as Leo Napolitano)
Marcia Reed .... still photographer
Charles Saldana .... key grip
Bruce D. Spellman .... second grip (as Bruce Spellman)
Stephen St. John .... additional camera operator
Baird Steptoe .... camera assistant
Tom Stern .... gaffer
Tama Takahashi .... camera assistant
Mike Thomas .... camera assistant
Bill Young .... dolly grip (as William C. Young)
Víctor Pérez .... lighting technician (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Phyllis Huffman .... casting executive
Christopher Gorman .... casting assistant (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Darryl M. Athons .... wardrobe: men (as Darryl Athons)
Deborah Hopper .... wardrobe: women (as Deborah Ann Hopper)
Glenn Wright .... costume supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Jack Garsha .... color timer
John Morrisey .... assistant film editor
 
Music Department
Donald Harris .... music editor
Robert Fernandez .... scoring mixer (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Keith Dillin .... transportation captain
H. William Miller .... transportation coordinator (as Bill Miller)
 
Other crew
Marco Barla .... unit publicist
Paul A. Calabria .... animal handler (as Paul Calabria)
Jay K. Fishburn .... wrangler
Judie Hoyt .... assistant to producers
Linda Sony Kinney .... production secretary
Michael Maurer .... assistant to producers
Michael Maurer .... auditor
Bill McCamby .... first aid
Karin McElhatton .... animal handler (as Karin Dew)
Lloyd Nelson .... script supervisor
Jim Porter .... first aid
Elise Ganz .... studio teacher (uncredited)
Bill McCamey .... first aid nurse (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


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Runtime:
115 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
When Stockburn arrives in town, Coy La Hood describes the Preacher to him. Stockburn appears unnerved and says quietly, "That man is dead," perhaps hinting that he had killed him or watched him die before. Clint Eastwood revealed in interviews that his character is in fact a ghost.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: During the final gunfight, one of the gunslingers walks under a roof overhang on the side of a building where what appears to be a pair of aluminum colored floodlight housings can be seen.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Megan Wheeler:Lindsey.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Giallo (2009)See more »

FAQ

Why did the big guy, Club, help out the Preacher while he was dynamiting LaHood's mining camp?
Why didn't Barret use another method to remove the boulder in the stream instead of trying to break it apart with a sledgehammer?
Why did the Preacher say that Spider was a brave man if he'd been drunk and disorderly when he was killed?
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49 out of 61 people found the following review useful.
Definitely the greatest western of the 80's, 19 March 2002
Author: Mika Pykäläaho (bygis80@hotmail.com) from Järvenpää, Finland

"Pale rider" is truly a spectacular film and unquestionably the very greatest western of the 80's. The fact that western was slowly dying as a genre already in the 70's is a sad but regrettable truth. Clint Eastwood still appeared in three of 'em: he played the amusing leading role of "Joe Kidd" (1972) - great, peculiar and funny little film - and he directed two magnificent masterpieces "High plains drifter" (1972) and "The Outlaw Josey Wales" (1976). What else did the 70's had to offer? Not too much. "Little big man" (1970), "Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid" (1973) and "The Shootist" (1976). At the dawn of the 80's western was pretty much dead. "Silverado" and exceptional "Pale rider" (both released in 1985) are quite likely the only notable westerns of the decade in question.

And "Pale rider" is the better one - Clint Eastwood's last traditional western. Of course he climbed back to saddle in terrific and highly awarded "Unforgiven" (1992) but it was no longer a traditional western - more like an unusual anti-western. In "Pale rider" Eastwood is was once again (and for the very last time) the quiet, calm, cool and mysterious cowboy, (called "the preacher") classic and almost a supernatural character that rides into small, dusty town. Late John Russell with his terrific Lee Van Cleef-like looks is outstanding as the ruthless villain Stockburn. Movie is simply marvelous: amusing, well-written and exciting and it has a superb acting. This is a fantastic, gripping film that future generations will remember as one of the last real westerns. "Pale rider" is just one of the many reasons why I adore Eastwood. 10 out of 10.

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